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Last updated: March 2021 | Guest post by: Alma Grabner
Whether you are a new or returning Portugal visitor, there is one place you must experience: The southwestern Algarve.
The 50 km from Lagos to Sagres, up to Odeceixe, allow you to experience two opposing worlds in one. One, a lively popular tourist destination, the other a crowd-free landscape of pure nature.
Lagos, the picturesque small city is known for its historical town centre and sandstone cliffs. Here is where you enjoy the chill-out vacation in a private holiday home with your family and friends. What makes this town stand out from the rest, are its numerous sandy beaches and clear waters. Each day the chance to pick your favourite. With endless activities, Lagos is the ideal place for a family holiday. Parents can relax and children will never go bored.
Head west and the adventure begins. The calm sea becomes wilder and the masses of people disappear. The west coast, as if it was designed for the nature-loving traveller. The best places to look for accommodation would be around Salema, Sagres and Aljezur.
Anything beyond Lagos, hotel resorts become almost non-existent. This does not mean that there is nowhere to stay. To match the quiet west, you will have no issue finding your dream holiday home. Typical for the Algarve, a bungalow-style house with a private garden and pool. No fighting over sunbeds and screaming children by the pool.
Due to its location near a protected natural reserve, the eco-tourism alternative has risen in popularity too.
When planning your trip, a rental car is recommended. The further west, the more untouched and rural the Algarve becomes. Public transport may be scarce in certain regions. Nevertheless, this is what makes this place unique.
Along the N126 and N268, kilometres of nothing but a few small towns and villages, eventually approaching the natural reserve, Costa Vicentina. Ultimate stillness. The only sound you hear is the choppy sea and a steady breeze whispering through the leaves.
Whether you plan a day trip or a long stay, there are west coast non-negotiables you must experience:
The beauty of this area: you don’t have to pick either or. You can have the sunbathing and the adventurous holiday, within the shortest distance apart.Back to overview
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